Thursday, March 13, 2008

The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow (book review)

The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Shadow, by Fuyumi Ono, is the story of sixteen-year-old Yoko. She's a "good girl". She does her homework, never talks back, and is nice to everyone. But everything changes when a mysterious man appears at Yoko's school. He insists that she come with him, and Yoko finds herself dragged through a portal and into a land of demons, monster storms, and evil kings. In this strange world where it seems as if everyone is out to get her, Yoko learns the most important lesson here: trust no one, not even yourself.

This book was very good! One of the things I found interesting about it was that this story was originally written in Japan and translated into English. It was cool to hear Yoko talking about World War II and other events from the Japanese point of view. I also loved the beautiful drawings! This was definitely a winner!